Micro Budget Film One Day Masterclass


The film industry is an incredibly difficult industry to work within, especially if you are just starting out. You may have a brilliant idea in your head, but are struggling to get it down onto the page in the form of a screenplay, or you may already be lucky enough to have crossed the first hurdle and possess your screenplay, but don’t know how to get funding for your project.

Well, the folks over at Intense Productions have taken it upon themselves to help people out with an upcoming one day masterclass they have organised to show film makers how the industry works and give them tips and pointers on the various areas they might be struggling with to get their films off the ground.

One of the main guests at the masterclass is Carlos Gallardo, who both produced and starred in El Mariachi. He will be on hand to discuss the various ways to fund your movie, hopefully not suggesting taking up medical testing, like a certain Mr Rodriguez

This intense one day class seems like a brilliant way for not just film students to get involved in the industry, but for anyone who is trying to get their movie made and distributed. The day is happening all across the UK, so there should be plenty of opportunities for people to attend.

  • Glasgow – 28th April
  • Lancaster – 30th April
  • Newcastle – 1st May
  • London – 3rd May
  • Manchester – 5th May

For more information and to buy tickets for the event, you can go here and make sure to follow them on Twitter 


Bananaman Coming To The Big Screen

Whilst this post may only interest the British readers, it is something that I couldn’t just let me go by.

Yesterday, a new website came up online for a Bananaman movie. Whilst at the moment it only features the hashtag #PeelThePower and a date for 2015, it seems to say that along with The Avengers 2 and Batman vs Superman, that year is going to be featuring another iconic superhero.

For those that have never heard of the character, the story follows of schoolboy Eric, who when he eats a banana becomes the title character of Bananaman.



It really was as ridiculous as it sounds, but someone, somewhere has felt the need to bring this character back.

Part of my is immensely excited for this film, as it was a cartoon I remember from my own childhood, and I have actually been saying for a few years that there should be a movie based on the cartoon, but I wanted Nathan Fillion as the character of Bananaman, if he could pull off a British accent. I’m sure he could, he’s Nathan Fillion.

Anyway, if you want to check out the website you can here  but for the moment the site is really rather sparse!

Spike Lee Responds To Open Letter From Graphic Designer

Earlier this week, graphic designer Juan Luis Garcia, issued an open letter to director Spike Lee about his involvement in creating artwork for his latest movie, Oldboy. The full letter can be read here. In the letter Garcia talks about how badly he was treated by the agency that was dealing with him and his work in regards to the project. He states that he “was taken advantage of, lead on, lied to, manipulated, and harassed for over two months” and the issue of money became more and more of a problem, with the initial “insultingly low offer” and how he would “make the same amount of money in a single day as a photo assistant as what they offered and I had worked on these almost exclusively for two months”.

Over the last few days the letter has spread like wildfire across the internet with many people showing their support for Garcia and how he has been treated. It was obvious that the news would eventually get back to Spike himself with so many people sharing the letter and Oldboy now having been released in the US.

Like many people nowadays, Lee took to Twitter to express his feelings over the issue. Below is the tweet he sent in regards to the whole issue.

So far, Garcia has yet to see any money from his project. Whether this issue will be sorted out amicably is yet to be seen, but I don’t think Lee will be loosing any sleep over the problem, unlike the graphic designer in question.

Alan Partridge – The Star Of Norwich Christmas Lights

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Now is the season that towns and cities across the country are getting ready to switch on their lights for the upcoming festive period, and Norwich is no other. However, they decided to take their decorations one step further and honour their favourite son, Alan Partridge.

The display, which was unveiled last week, contains a 9m high light version of Partridge’s face and sings the song Cuddly Toy by Roachford which was sang by Alan in his movie, Alpha Papa.

Unfortunately, Alan himself couldn’t be at the event so he sent Simon Greenall, who plays the character of Michael, in the television show and film, in his place with a message for the people of Norwich:

“Dear people of Norwich, and to a lesser extent anyone here from Suffolk – welcome! I’m genuinely heartbroken not to be there with you, but it’s quiz night at the Rose & Crown and I’m the designated driver. You’re about to witness the biggest turning on of lights since the end of the three-day week. The electricity used to power the illuminations is enough to run a trouser press for over 25 years. Instead, it’s powering an LED effigy of my face and body, lighting up the Christmas night just as the Archangel Gabriel did over two thousand years ago. I hope you have a wonderful festive season. A-ha.” 

MST3K – 25 Years Of Making Terrible Movies Enjoyable

Yesterday, it was 25 years since Mystery Science Theater 3000 (or MST3k as it shall be known for the rest of this article, because it is much quicker to type!) first graced our television screens and it is a shame to say, that even though it has become one of the most beloved cult television shows ever; only a handful of people, in the grand scheme of things, have ever heard of it.

The show changed the way that people watched television forever and made it possible for bad movies to be enjoyable once again.

To explain  the premise of the show to someone that has never heard of it can often seem like a daunting task; but if you are reading this and have never heard of the show (and I implore you after finishing this to go out immediately and watch some, you will thank me. In fact, don’t even finish this article, go now! Go enrich your life with the genius that is MST3K, and then come back; that’s if you can drag yourself away from the show!) I will try and sum it as plainly as possible. The show revolves around a man (Joel Robinson for the first 4 and half seasons and Mike Nelson for the remaining 6 and half) and his robot companions trapped on a satellite, being forced to watch terrible movies in an attempt to find the one film that will break the will of the human race and the evil scientists that have imprisoned him can take over the planet.

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Still with me? Now, as Mike or Joel and the bots, are forced to watch the movies, the audience as well are made to join in with the viewing hell, and get to watch them comment on the movie as it is playing. They are shown as silhouette across the bottom of the screen and the audience (as in us) are sat behind them.


To many this sounds like something terrible and a complete waste of time to watch. Whilst to others, it is a slice of pure heaven.


Now even though it has been 25 years since the show started, and it has been off the air for 14, although it was kept alive by people who kept sharing the tapes, a debate still rages on till this day over who was the better host on the show. Joel or Mike. It is something that splits MST3K fans down the middle. I for one am a Mike Nelson fan, but that is just my personal preference.

Fans of MST3K needn’t worry in this day and age though, because it has progressed into other things as well, such as Cinematic Titanic, which features some of the original cast of MST3K and its original creator Joel Robinson and RiffTrax, which likes to riff over modern day movies.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 holds a special place in many peoples hearts even after all of this time and it has become a much loved cult TV show that is so obscurely quotable that it allows you to make friends in an instant if you hear someone even mentioning “ROWSDOWER”. I highly recommend checking it out and if its style isn’t for you, well at least you can say you tried!

Ron Burgandy Having A University Department Named After Him


Everything seems to be going well for Ron Burgandy at the moment, what with the release of his memoirs and an ice cream in his favourite flavour set to be soon released; Emerson College in Boston, USA is set to rename their School of Communication after him.

On December 4th, the college will change their name to the Ron Burgandy School of Communication, fear not though as this change will only last one day. As well as the name change, Burgandy himself will be at the college to give a news conference and along with attending the renaming ceremony also give the students a screening of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

The College President, Lee Pelton, had this to say about the visit; “A visit from Ron Burgundy is a chance to engage with someone who understands the power of media, as well as hairspray, first-hand”

Interim Dean of the School of Communication added this; “Naming our school in his honor—for one entire day—compels us to honor the Ron Burgundy that’s inside all of us…to live out our dreams, in full color and matching polyester.”

See live coverage of the event on December 4th from 11.00 (EST) on their website here

Channing Tatum Takes On JCVD Stunt

It seems that even adverts are getting the humorous remake treatment nowadays, with the latest Volvo advert starring the one and only JCVD being remade by Channing Tatum on the set of 22 Jump Street.

Here is the original video, that has managed to amass over 35 million YouTube hits in a week

And here is Tatum’s remake, in character as Jenko

Only time will tell if it becomes as popular as the original, but it certainly made me chuckle!